The Harleighblu roadshow rolls on in style with the third single to be lifted from her great debut on Tru Thoughts. All of the comparisons have already been made to the likes of Jill Scott, Badu, Hill and Winehouse. However for the uninitiated, that's the role (model) call. A plethora of remixes come attached to the original too — all good gear, just take your pick from this star in ascendance.
Jay Cunning's bass music imprint drops its second EP on us, and the results are slightly mixed. 'Show Me Fire' is a rambunctious carnival groove with plenty of ragga attitude, throbbing bass and blippy keys, a powerful shot of adrenaline for more sophisticated dancefloors. Lead track 'Damaging' takes a similar approach, but after a promisingly blistering start just seems to throw too many competing elements into the mix and slightly founders in a sea of busy confusion. Still, well worth grabbing this one for the excellent AA-side, and this remains a label that should be right on your radar.
Playaz manage to keep experimenting, to keep pushing on forward and yet manage to retain that Playaz sound. This juggling act must be intense — how to break boundaries but stay true to your sound? Astounding! ‘Very Exciting’ is very dancefloor, bouncy and bubbly — it’s got a real sense of fun, but also the classic Playaz tinge of darkness. The beat's a stepper and the synths are wobbly, giving you a torrent of shapes to throw on the floor.
There simply isn’t another label doing the type of music Orjan Nilsen’s I.M.O. does. Eccentric, sonorous, quirky and mod-wheel-fixated, they always have one swiveled eye on the dancefloor. You’ll be many things. Bored, though, won’t be one.